Thursday, 14 January 2016

Under the Spotlight: Snowbird Artworks

It snowed today!! Exciting, right? I do love the snow (for the first couple of days anyway, if I'm in the UK *insert snide emoji here*), but personally I usually get my Snow Lust round about September time - yes, I peak early. 

Anyway! I first met the lovely Zoe, of Snowbird Artworks, HALF. MY. LIFE. AGO at Sheffield Ski Village (RIP). We lost touch a few years later, but I came across her beautiful paintings last year on Instagram via a mutual friend. We started showcasing Zoe's work in the Craftroom just before Christmas, and I'm thrilled to (a) be back in touch with her and (b) have her on board as a Fickle Crafter! Here is a little interview with her for you all to share.........

So I'm intrigued. How did you develop your signature style?
I studied Art and Design at college and for one project I did an abstract painting of blood cells (I can't remember what the brief was, it's so long ago now!) using a layered style and I continued to develop it from there, using the technique to paint different subjects. And recently I've worked on ways to combine that technique with my love for mountains working in a geometric style.

Obviously you've spent a lot of time in the mountains. How do you stay inspired now you're back in the UK?
That's easy, I just spend all day dreaming about being back in the mountains!


What is your favourite thing about working for yourself?
Probably the flexibility, I can work whenever or wherever I want to a certain extent. Although at the moment, with it being winter, my working hours are pretty much ruled by daylight as it's difficult to paint in artificial light. 

Loving your fickle nature - I've seen some cross-stitch sneaking through within the paintings... are there any other crafts lurking on the horizon?
Yes hopefully. I've been doing cross stitch and embroidery since I was a child and I wanted to find a way that I could combine this hobby with my painting, so I'm working on a range of mountain and winter inspired embroidery. Also I finally got a new sewing machine a few months ago so I'm hoping to get back into sewing and learn quilting, Mountain themed quilts maybe?!

Snowboarding or painting?
Well I'm now a skier (I know, I know) I had to give up snowboarding cause I just kept injuring myself too much. I don't know if I can choose, when I got to ski everyday I did miss painting but now I get to paint everyday I really miss skiing! Maybe if I could ski all winter and paint all summer that would be the perfect combination.

Zoe, please sign me up for a mountain-themed quilt; I'm sold!!

You can see more of Zoe's work here.


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